UN treaty could turn high seas ‘hotspots’ into parks

Researchers have identified biodiversity hotspots in the high seas, "the planet's last global commons." Will a UN treaty establish international ocean parks?

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity united-nations fishing oceans international-relations earth-and-environment

Innovative birds have lower risk of extinction

Birds who can innovate in how they forage for food face lower risk of extinction, research finds.

McGill University • futurity
April 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change conservation birds extinction earth-and-environment

Captive apes’ gut microbiomes are a lot like some people’s

The gut microbiomes of apes living in captivity resemble those of some people more than they resemble apes living in the wild.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation chimpanzees gut-bacteria endangered-species earth-and-environment apes

Why West African lions don’t avoid hunting areas

Images from camera traps show West African lions venturing out of protected areas and closer to humans. Researchers have an idea why.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation endangered-species cats west-africa hunting featured earth-and-environment predators national-parks

Plants and animals share response to climate change

Plants and animals are remarkably similar in their responses to changing environmental conditions across the globe, a new study finds.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
March 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change conservation biodiversity plants temperature earth-and-environment

Dragon lizard is a brand new species in the Smaug family

Researchers have found a new species in the Smaug genus, named for the deadly dragon in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: africa climate-change conservation lizards science-and-technology

COVID-19 threatens endangered great apes, too

Endangered apes also face the threat of COVID-19. And they'll need our help to stay safe and avoid extinction, experts warn.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation covid-19 viruses endangered-species earth-and-environment health-and-medicine apes

Farms with diverse crops protect animals and the climate

Farms with diverse crops can protect endanged species and biodiversity while also standing up better to the effects of climate change, researchers say.

Stanford • futurity
March 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change conservation biodiversity agriculture earth-and-environment

Here’s the right way to move a group of giraffes

Conservationists often translocate giraffes to establish new populations. Two new studies offer insight on what's needed to best ensure success.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
March 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation ecosystems earth-and-environment genetic-diversity

‘Fatal attraction’ may keep small predators in check

In a kind of "fatal attraction," small predators drawn to kill sites for leftover scraps may get killed themselves when big predators return for seconds.

Michelle Ma-Washington • futurity
March 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity featured science-and-technology predators prey

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